Meaning of “sustenance” in the English Dictionary

"sustenance" in British English

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sustenancenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsʌs.tən.əns/ us /ˈsʌs.tən.əns/ formal

sustenance noun [ U ] (SUPPORT)

emotional or mental support:

When her husband died, she drew sustenance from/she found sustenance in her religious beliefs.

(Definition of “sustenance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sustenance" in American English

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sustenancenoun [ U ]


food, or the energy and other things food provides people and animals to keep them strong and healthy:

The ranch animals get a lot of their sustenance from grazing.

(Definition of “sustenance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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